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Pet Hamster: Why they don’t want to drink water


The water is dirty.

One of the easiest problems to solve is related to the daily change of the water in the drinking fountain. This is because hamsters are usually attentive to detail. If the water is not clean and fresh your pet hamster can refuse to drink it. For this reason, it is recommended to change the water daily, using filtered water or water that has been boiled and cooled.

No water comes out of the pet hamster’s drinking bowl.

In the same way, it is essential to make sure that the water comes out of the bottle normally, as the tube may be clogged.

Oral-dental problems

It can also be due to oral-dental problems. Such as bad occlusions or dental abscesses. This would cause pain in the animal’s mouth, making drinking annoying and painful, so they avoid it. Contact a veterinarian about the issue.

Your pet hamster can’t drink from the trough

Although the drinker is the most recommended and hygienic, because it is closed and cannot spill, some hamsters take a while to learn to drink from the mouthpiece. If your pet hamster has not drunk from this type of bottle before, it may be that what is happening is that it has to learn to do so.

How much water should a hamster drink?

In reality, this little rodeo consumes 10 ml of water for every 100 grams of weight per day. Thus, an adult hamster should consume 8-12 ml daily. Logically, the smaller breed of a pet hamster will drink less water per day.

A family of pet hamsters drinking water from a small bowl
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This means that the lowering of the drinker is insignificant. However, that does not mean that you do not have to change the total water in the drinker daily to put clean water, as well as keep the drinker totally clean, inside and out. If you could boil or filter the water you offer them, all the better. If you choose to boil, remember that the water has to be cold when you put it in.


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